Moving down the NY Mets depth chart: Stephen Nogosek
Stephen Nogosek fought hard for an Opening Day roster spot. Due to injuries and several other factors, he won a job out of camp. He has already made one trip to the IL but now back and healthy, he’ll need to continue to battle to keep his roster spot.
Nogosek has given the Mets an acceptable performance as an intended “last resort” type of pitcher for the Mets. He has tossed 13 innings in 6 games for the Mets this year. His 4.85 ERA is uninspiring. Able to go multiple innings—something he has done in all but one of his appearances—Nogosek could have a continued role as a mop-up guy for the Mets. Unfortunately, a beating against the Cincinnati Reds on May 9 is his most recent trip to the mound and it didn’t go well with 3 earned runs across the board against him in 1.2 innings.
He moves down the depth chart behind Brigham. They might swap a single spot. Nogosek is still someone who might get some big innings. However, at this point, Brigham looks like the far better choice for Buck Showalter to summon.
Nogosek doesn’t have much job security and could be facing the dreaded DFA slip if he struggles. The Mets lack flexibility with their bullpen and won’t have too much patience for him if he struggles. Right now, there aren’t too many better options out there to take a spot over Nogosek. This could lengthen his leash temporarily.